Tricia Rivas, Trixies Salon
Well I finally did it. I watched an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. One episode turned into four, and before the fourth episode was over I was cleaning out the kitchen, the hall closet, and the bathroom drawers!
My husband Jeremy came home to find five bags sitting at the a top of the stairs waiting to be taken to Goodwill. He asked how many episodes was I in before starting the purging frenzy?! At this point in our marriage he should be well aware of this, because I’m pretty sure I was the purging queen before Marie Kondo... just saying.
My approach was much different this time though. Marie talks about thanking each item before you let go. At first I’m not going to lie, it felt really weird!!! It’s not like these items have feelings, do they? But I kept with the process and thanked each item. I do have to say it felt really good. It also gave me time to reflect on some of the experiences that I had with some of these items. The only reason I was getting rid of some of them was because they weren’t serving a purpose or bringing me happiness anymore. Our daughter Marlee’s room is next!! Please say a little prayer for me. We call her the hoarder!!
I do have to say after I sat down from my purging I was curious about how many people really do have a hoarding mental illness.
"Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the US. Compulsive hoarding is often considered a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) because between 18 and 42 percent of people with OCD experience some compulsion to hoard. https://psychcentral.com/lib/10-things-you-should-know-about-compulsive-hoarding/"
Marlee wants to keep everything, right down to gum wrappers. In some of the episodes Marie talks about having your children help with the process of tidying up and thanking their items. Well, I’m not going to lie, we clean Marlee’s room when she’s at school so she won’t have a melt down on wanting to save that stuffed animal she got from the vending machine 5 years ago! I’ll update you all later on how her experience is with tidying up.
So in the end it felt really good to say good bye to those items and have a sense of freedom with more space. I would love to hear if anyone else is Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. How has your experience been? What was the hardest to get rid of? Anyone want to compete for the most bags of stuff gone?